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Etymotic MP•9-15 Music•PRO® Electronic Earplugs

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Etymotic MP•9-15 Music•PRO® Electronic Earplugs

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Etymotic MP•9-15 Music•PRO® Electronic Earplugs

389.00

Quick Overview

The ultimate in hearing protection. Designed for musicians who want to hear naturally, need protection when hearing is at risk, and want to avoid the inconvenience of removing earplugs to hear.

Adaptive noise-reduction earplugs automatically adjust to changing sound levels

The ultimate in hearing protection. Designed for musicians who want to hear naturally, need protection when hearing is at risk, and want to avoid the inconvenience of removing earplugs to hear.

Ideal for

  • Directors and music educators

  • Performers

  • Front-of-house crews

  • Entertainment industry support staff

  • Security personnel

  • Audiences

Adaptive Noise Reduction: Music•PRO circuitry automatically changes output levels as sound input levels change. Hearing is natural, as if nothing is in the ears, until sound exceeds safe levels. As sound levels increase, earplugs gradually provide 9- or 15-dB sound reduction. Natural hearing is restored when sound returns to safe levels.

Advantages

  • Provides either 9-dB or 15-dB protection at the flip of a switch

  • Clear communication

  • Instantaneously protects from loud, percussive sounds (e.g., cymbal strike)

  • Enhances soft sounds if desired

  • Ready-fit eartips; custom molds are not required

Two Modes of Operation

Natural Hearing with 15-dB Sound Reduction

  • Natural hearing until sound exceeds safe levels

  • Automatic 15-dB protection when hearing is at risk

  • Impact sound protection

Enhanced Hearing with 9-dB Sound Reduction

  • 6-dB gain for soft sounds

  • Automatic 9-dB protection when hearing is at risk

  • Impact sound protection

In The Box

  • 1 pair MP•9-15 earplugs

  • ACCU•Fit eartips

  • Flexible neck cord

  • Filter tool and ACCU•filters™

  • Cleaning tool

  • Batteries (#10)

  • Protective case

  • User manual

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Technical Specs

MP•9-15 I/O Curves

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MP•9-15 Charts

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Music•PRO 9-15 different from other earplugs?

Music•PRO earplugs are "active"(electronic) earplugs, which means that they do more than block sound like passive earplugs. Passive earplugs affect sound quality and reduce the ability to hear very soft sounds. Circuitry in Music•PRO earplugs restores sound that is lost when the eartips seal off the ear canals and provides hearing protection when needed. Soft sounds are heard naturally or can be increased 6 dB in the enhancement mode.

Why not just use passive Musicians Earplugs?

World-class artists and performers of all music genres use passive Musicians Earplugs™ that come in three levels of protection: 9 dB, 15 dB and 25 dB sound reduction. The advantage of electronic Music•PRO earplugs is they combine two versions of Musicians Earplugs in the same device (ER-9 and ER-15) and automatically activate when protection is needed. These intelligent, high-fidelity electronic earplugs allow natural hearing when sound levels are safe. They automatically protect from loud, sustained sound, instantaneously protect from sudden, loud percussive sound and amplify soft sounds if desired.

What is the best eartip to use with the MP•9-15 earplugs?

Ears come in different shapes and sizes. To obtain optimal sound quality and noise isolation, eartips must be properly sealed in the ear canal. Music•PRO earplugs are packaged with 7 pairs of eartips. We recommend experimenting to see which eartip provides the most effective seal for you.

Do I need custom molds for Music•PRO earplugs?

Customization is an option, but in general it is not difficult to obtain a comfortable seal with the eartips provided.

What are filters and what are they used for?

Music•PRO electronic earplugs are equipped with special filters that enhance sound quality and prevent ear wax and other agents from entering the receivers. If a filter becomes clogged, it should be replaced. The need to change filters varies widely among users.

Where can I order replacement eartips, filters, and other accessories?

Purchase eartips, filters and other accessories online or call Customer Service toll free at 888-389-6684.

How long do batteries last?

Battery life: #10 hearing aid batteries tend to last about 10 Days after the tab is removed.

  • Do not remove the battery tabs until ready to use Music•PRO earplugs, because zinc air batteries may self-discharge in about 4 weeks whether they are used or not. Discharge rate varies with temperature and humidity.

  • After a tab is removed, it may take a few seconds for air to enter the vent holes and activate the battery.

  • It is sometimes possible to prolong the life of the battery by placing the tab back over the air holes, but results vary.

Recommendation: Always carry spare batteries.

Where can I find batteries?

Each device uses one #10 battery, a very commonly used hearing aid battery. #10 batteries are easy to find in pharmacies, super centers or RadioShack.

Does battery life depend on the mode used?

No.

Will I hear distortion in these earplugs?

Probably not. Peak sound pressure levels above 120 dB are reduced to safe levels by the output limitation of the circuit. Because these bursts are so short – on the order of a few milliseconds – the transients are safe. Since reduction is essentially instantaneous, hearing is protected from intense transients. The nearly instantaneous recovery time of the circuit means no loss of fidelity. Ongoing sounds are natural, so you are never "off the air."

What is "adaptive attenuation?"

Music•PRO circuitry automatically changes output levels as sound input levels change. Hearing is natural, as if nothing is in the ears, until sound exceeds safe levels. As sound levels increase, earplugs gradually provide 9- or 15-dB sound reduction. Natural hearing is restored when sound returns to safe levels.

What makes Music•PRO earplugs high fidelity?

Music•PRO earplugs contain high-definition transducers: balanced-armature drivers, high-sensitivity microphones, and wide-dynamic-range-compression K-AMP® signal processing that includes adaptive compression circuitry. The bandwidth (40 Hz - 16 kHz) is unprecedented, and the sound quality exceeds that of all known electronic earplugs and all modern digital hearing aid devices.

Why does my own voice sometimes sound boomy or hollow?

When eartips do not seal deeply in the ear canal, your voice may sound strange to you. This is known as the occlusion effect, which is caused by sound transmission into the ear from vibration of the ear canal wall when the ear is closed off (occluded) by an eartip. Vibration comes from sound pressure developed in the back of the mouth. The occlusion effect is most commonly caused by vibration from a person’s own voice, especially from speaking the sounds “ee” and “oo,” or from playing a brass or woodwind musical instrument. The occlusion effect is worst when there is a shallow insertion of the eartip. Deeply-sealed eartips reduce the occlusion effect. If this happens consistently, try using other eartips provided with your Music•PRO earplugs to see if you can reduce vibration by achieving a better seal.

What is that funny ticking or motorboating sound I hear in my earplugs?

That sound is called LOBAT™ a special feature that warns you when a battery is at the end of life. The performance of the earplug does not change when that sound is present, and you usually have enough warning that you can change the battery at a convenient time.


Instructions For Use

ON/OFF

MP•9-15 earplugs turn on and off by opening and closing the battery door.
Note: It is not necessary to remove the battery as long as the door is open wide enough to disable the circuit.

 
 

Dual-Mode Switch

15-dB Mode

  • Natural hearing when sound levels are safe

  • Automatic 15-dB sound reduction when sound exceeds safe levels

  • Impact sound protection

(switch toward device)

(switch toward device)

 

 9-dB Mode

  • 6-dB enhancement of soft sounds

  • Automatic 9-dB sound reduction when sound exceeds safe levels

  • Impact sound protection

(switch away from device)

(switch away from device)

 

Insertion

Important: Sound quality and noise isolation depend on a good eartip seal.

  • Carefully insert the earplug while pulling up and out on the back of the ear.

  • Twist and push gently until the eartip seals in the ear canal.

  • 3-flange eartip: Moistening eases insertion.

  • Foam eartip: Roll down or compress foam eartip before inserting. Hold the eartip in place for about 5 seconds while the foam expands to create a tight seal in the ear canal.

  • Glider eartip: Simply push into ear canal.

Removal

Remove the device with a slow twisting motion. Open jaw slightly to equalize pressure, because suction can occur when the eartip is removed.

Care

  • Do not expose to extreme temperatures.

  • Avoid dropping and strong impact.

  • Leave eartip on the earplug for shock protection.

  • Clean or replace eartips prior to use by others.

Cleaning and Replacing Eartips

Over time eartips may lose their elasticity. For best performance and retention, replace 3-flange eartips every 60-90 days. Replace foam and glider eartips regularly.

To clean 3-flange eartips:

  • Remove the eartip from the earplug.

  • Clean with water and mild soap.

  • Dry the eartip before placing it back on the earplug.

Changing the Filters

MP•9-15 earplugs have special filters that smooth the frequency response and prevent earwax from entering the device. The filter is located at the end of the earplug and is visible when the eartip is removed. Change the filter if loudness decreases or the sound quality declines.

Note: Filters are not reusable.

Removal

Note: Use the tool to remove the filter.

1. Remove eartip

1. Remove eartip

2. Insert tool into the filter.

2. Insert tool into the filter.

3. Remove filter and discard.

3. Remove filter and discard.

 

Replacement

Note: Do not use the tool to replace the filter.

4. Insert a new filter.

4. Insert a new filter.

5. Press gently against a hard     surface to secure it in place

5. Press gently against a hard
    surface to secure it in place

6. Re-attach eartip.

6. Re-attach eartip.